Muhammad Rabbani stood trial defending the confidentiality of a torture victim. Following the judge’s verdict of a conditional discharge and costs amounting to £620, he addressed the gathered supporters and members of the press with the following statement:
Protect your digital homes. Giving up your password is like giving up the key to the front door
I believe that forcing someone to hand over the passwords to their electronic devices is a violation of their privacy, almost like a digital strip search. It means allowing the government access to your entire life, personal and professional.
No one should be forced to undergo a digital strip search without a warrant
It is also a violation of the privacy of others about whom you hold information. This is particularly true in my case, where I am protecting crucial information from a torture survivor. This information could lead to government officials being held accountable for their crimes.
Here are three reasons why I am willing to risk prison:
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